Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and up
2001 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Amelia Bloomer List
Mattie's family owns a coffee shop in Philadelphia. In the summer of 1793, sickness is spreading, and people are dying. What begins as a struggle to save the family business becomes a struggle to stay alive.
This is not a book with the emotional, transformative power this author develops so effectively in Speak, but it is an interesting look at a fictional survivor during the Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic. The historic details are written in a page-turning way, but the book is more about events than character development. There's no extremely mature content that would keep this from being appropriate from most advanced fourth and fifth grade readers.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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